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‘Wings over Willapa’ highlights birding options

Celebrate birds and nature Sept. 28-30 on the Long Beach Peninsula

Published on September 18, 2018 1:49PM

Last changed on September 18, 2018 2:01PM

Western snowy plovers are a protected species and are aided by habitat-conservation efforts on the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula.

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Western snowy plovers are a protected species and are aided by habitat-conservation efforts on the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula.

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The Long Beach Peninsula will host a new festival showcasing the extraordinary birding opportunities in and around this 28-mile long finger of land.

“Wings over Willapa,” slated for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28 to 30, will celebrate the region’s birds and nature with art, classes, workshops, guided tours and more.

The event is timed for the start of fall migration in this migration area along the Pacific Flyway.

Among the many tours offered will be an East Sand Island kayak trip, a bird walk at Cape Disappointment State Park, a pelagic trip departing from Ilwaco, two barge trips into Willapa Bay, as well as self-guided tours at Tarlatt, Teal and Greenhead sloughs. Guided tours of the Leadbetter Unit of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge will include one of the beach and dunes and another with an animal tracking specialist of the bay and forest side.

Presentations will include beginning birding, nature photography, shorebirds, pelagic birds and eBird.

Bird box building, a decoy carving demonstration, beach baskets, a biking and birding tour, feather raku pottery, stationary making and a paint-and-sip class are some of the indoor offerings.

The festivities include a gathering with a keynote speaker, food and drink, and a silent auction at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the event headquarters.

Space is limited, and registration is required for each event. For more information, including a schedule, visit friendsofwillaparefuge.org/wings-over-willapa/ or email wingsoverwillapa@gmail.com.



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